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Growing Power: 1 Million Pounds
of Food on 3 Acres
"We Cannot Have Healthy Communities
without a Healthy Food System"
Uploaded with Comments by JoinWakeUpWorld
July 25, 2011
Growing Power began with a farmer, a plot of land, and a core group of dedicated young people. Today, our love of the land and our dedication to sharing knowledge is changing lives.
Will Allen, Chief Executive Officer believes, "If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community. I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system."
Their goal is a simple one: to grow food, to grow minds, and to grow community.
So how do they do it?
Growing Power's projects fall into three essential areas:
1) Grow - Projects and Growing Methods - Growing Power demonstrates their easy to replicate growing methods through on-site workshops and hands-on demonstrations. They have farms in Milwaukee and Merton, Wisconsin, and in Chicago, Illinois. Growing Power has also established satellite-training sites in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Mississippi.
The simple truth is that it all starts with the soil. Without good soil, crops don't get enough of the nutrients they need to survive and when plants are stressed, they are more prone to disease and pest problems. That's why they grow their own compost - 10 million tons of it a year. That compost goes onto every growing bed they raise crops on. Because they know what goes in to the compost, they aren't worried that the soil is contaminated with lead or other chemicals that humans just shouldn't eat.
2) Bloom - Education and Technical Assistance - Growing Power educates folks through local, national, and international outreach for farmers and communities. They also run multiple youth programs, have an active volunteer base, and actively work on policy initiatives regarding agriculture.
3) Thrive - Food Production and Distribution - Food production occurs in the organization's demonstration greenhouses, rural farm site in Merton, and urban farms in Milwaukee and Chicago. They also distribute produce, grass-based meats, and value-added products through the activities of over 300 small family farmers in the Rainbow Farmers Cooperative, and the organization's year-round food security program the Farm-to-City Market Basket Program. They also sell to numerous restaurants and small grocery stores in Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee.
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